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Mother’s Day 2021

9 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

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Here we are, another Mother’s Day.  It seems I’ve told you about all I can or know about my mother and my mother-in-law.  And so, I may share some snippets from other posts I’ve done about them…and then add some new thoughts.

My mother was unique

in that she met and married a man 20 years her senior.  And yet, that marriage was rock solid, and one I looked to imitate in my own marriage.  I like to think Fred and I have achieved that.  

She loved to sing and to play the piano.  She had a good ear and would just go and sit down at the piano and begin playing. 

She was a great cook!  I’m sorry to say I didn’t let her teach me much about cooking.  Most of what I did/do I more-or-less learned on my own.  I also can’t duplicate much of what she cooked.

Her work ethic was one to be admired.  While I am a good “starter” I’m not necessarily a good “finisher.”  Mother was good at both – if she started a project, she didn’t stop until it was finished.

I loved her dearly, and miss her terribly.

Fred’s mother 

was a joy to be around.  Her love was her husband and her children – all four of them!  And after Fred (her first born) and I married, she treated me like one of her daughters!  She was, truly, a second mother to me.

She was also a great cook, and she taught me several of her recipes that her family loved.  And I still use some of them to this day.

To know my husband as I do, I can see her hand in his up-bringing.  She was a gentle soul, but must have had a firm hand in child-rearing.  

She loved to have fun, and was a bit of a cut-up.  I will always remember her with me on the beach in northern California, dancing barefoot through the wet sand and kelp.

She was funny, cute, elegant, classy, down-to-earth, loved to laugh….

She left us far too early with Alzheimer’s Disease, and I miss her terribly.

Both mothers – above all else – taught their families to love and honor Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

And I like to think we have passed that along to our daughters, as well.  Both of our girls are God-fearing and God-loving women.  They have taught their children about Jesus Christ, and I’m pleased to say that Jesus is the guiding light in their families.

We are so proud of both our daughters.

Our Karen

has loved libraries and books as long as we can remember.  And so, her chosen field is to work in a library.  She started out as a “page” in her high school years, and is now a “researcher” in her local library.  She’s the expert!

Our Janet

is the Human Resources Director for a county.  I was always amused to hear her say that she didn’t need to take a typing class in high school, as she would have a secretary to do all her typing!   Didn’t quite work out that way, hmm, Janet?

They are both professional women, and yet love and care for their families.  

We thank God for our Mothers and the lineage they have passed down through us to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY 2021

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me-Part 6

2 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I loved to sing…as I’ve mentioned in previous musings.  And while my favorite way to sing was in groups – trios, choirs, mixed groups – I did occasionally sing solos.  As I sang, I usually had the copy of the music in front of me, “just in case…”  Well, it was a good thing I did, because once, as I was beginning a solo, the intro had been played, and I opened my mouth to sing…and the words had completely left my memory!!  The pianist continued to play as I scrambled to look down at the music to find my place.  I was so totally embarrassed by that, that my confidence was forever shattered.  I never again did a solo without the music “just in case” – it was always there to support me.

I’ve mentioned that I sang with wives groups at all the military bases where we were stationed.  I sang with a wives group in Wiesbaden, West Germany, and later with the wives group in Heidelberg.  Unfortunately, while in Heidelberg, the pianist for the group had rotated back stateside with her family, and they needed a pianist/accompanist more than a singer, so that’s what I did.  I remember once we did a fun number (sorry, I can’t remember the name of the song we did), and about halfway through the song, was a piano interlude.  The director thought it would be a fun touch for the accompanist to stand up and play that piano interlude.  So when it came to that part – I actually stood up, Cheshire-cat-smiled at the audience (and winked at them) and played the music standing up!  It got a good laugh from the audience!

Last week I posted a picture of the entire music program at my home church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Photo credit First Baptist Church, Albuquerque

First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 While that picture included the children, there were over 60 adults in that choir…no small thing. 

(Please see my post of February 21, 2016 – The Cruise of a Lifetime – Part 4.  We met Richard and Judy Bradford on that cruise, and he was the Minister of Music at my home church in Albuquerque in the 1970’s!)

When Fred and I first married, we moved to Fort Worth, Texas, for Fred to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Rotunda

We joined Travis Avenue Baptist Church while there, and became members of the choir.

Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas Photo credit Google search and website

It was a great choir, and we had some amazing directors.  There were probably 80-100 members of the adult choir at that church.  We had some classically trained voices, and the first director was a voice teacher at the Seminary.  However, other directors who followed her were also great.  The one we sang under the most was Bill Pearson.  I remember we did The Seven Last Words of Christ,

Photo credit Google search and Biblio .com

and later a musical called God’s Trombones.

credit Google search and Amazon.com

That was so much fun to do – Bill had the choir members scattered throughout the sanctuary.  Someone had a large handbell, and when it began to toll, we got up, one or two at a time, and made our way to the choir loft.  And then we sang.  It is a wonderful piece of music, that would probably be considered “politically incorrect” in today’s world, unfortunately.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me-Part 5

25 Apr

SUNDAY MEMORIES

I remember being in church choirs all my life long.  From the time I was just a small child (in the children’ choir) through the Sanctuary or Adult choir in my home church.  I even remember helping out with the children’s choir after I aged out of the youth choir.  And I do mean just helping out – again, I wasn’t really able to really lead those children.

I don’t really have any pictures of choirs I was part of in my early years, except this one of the entire choir from the First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I’m not in the group of small children in the white robes, but I am in the row of a little older children.  And my older brother, Bill, is in that picture as well.  Looking at the picture, he is in the third row from the top, on the right hand, second person in.  I don’t know whether or not Bill was ever in any other choirs, until he and DiVoran moved to Titusville, Florida, and joined their church there.  I know they were both in several of the church choirs there.

And here is a picture of the group of Officer’s Wives Singers at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas in 1973.

I remember singing with that group, and I remember that lovely blue dress.  We were performing at the Base Chapel here, and it was a Christmas program.  We took that program – with taped accompaniment – to the San Antonio River Walk one evening.  We rode up and down the river on one of the tour boats, singing, for about one hour.  It was such fun!  But an interesting event came from that.  We kept seeing a threesome sitting at one of the restaurants along the way.  They would always wave to us, and the older gentleman would “tip” his hat to us.  As we were finishing up, they called for us to join them for a drink.  Well, I don’t “drink,” but I thought it would be fun to visit with them.  So a group of about five of us did just that.  Turns out, they were actors from Austin, who had come down to show off the River Walk.  It also turns out that the older gentleman was Hans Conried!  Movie actor (Uncle Tonoose on the Danny Thomas show) and voice of the mirror in “Snow White” as well as George Darling and Captain Hook in the Disney movies.  WOW!!  What a privilege to meet him.

1977- Hans Conried Credit Google Search and Wikipedia

While I don’t have a picture of the Officer’s Wives singing group I sang with while at Tyndall AFB, Florida (Panama City), I do remember singing with them.  We performed at many functions around the base, as well as throughout the city.  My fondest memory of that group was a Christmas program we did at the Base Chapel.  I was singing a solo (as I remember, it was I Wonder As I Wander), and I looked down at the audience to see our five-year-old Janet watching me in open-mouth amazement!  I’m not sure she had heard me sing before!

As just a side-note here – As I was riding home from one of our performances at Tyndall AFB, the lady I was riding with asked me, “would you like to be bad?”  I said, “What do you have in mind?”  And she suggested that we stop at the Dairy Queen and get a banana split.  Well, never having had one before, I was all game for it!  So we did – and I developed my of love for banana splits from that point on!  At least from DQ!  I’ve had others that use the “Neopolitan” ice cream, and it’s just NOT the same!  DQ every time for me!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me Part 4

18 Apr

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I mentioned before that I thoroughly enjoyed singing in choirs – all through my growing-up years.  Church choirs…school choirs…and just about any other kinds of choirs I could get into.

1959 Highland High School combined chorus. (I’m in there somewhere?)

I’m not too sure whether or not I really had a solo voice, and so I was more comfortable singing in groups.  Trios were my favorite.  I usually sang the second soprano part, and I loved it!  I still enjoy harmonizing – even harmonizing along with the songs we do it church.  Our church has taken to having a “blended” worship service, which includes some of the old hymns and some of the new music.  Most of the time it is agreeable to me.  However, we don’t use the hymnals much anymore, where the harmony parts are printed.  The words to the songs are shown on a large screen, so most everyone sings the melody.  That’s when I harmonize on my own!  It’s kind of fun, too!

I guess that’s why I enjoyed singing with the Dreamers in my high school so much.  I was placed on the Second Soprano part nearly always.  And I was in the school chorus as well, so that gave me more opportunity to harmonize.

But my very favorite group to sing with was Billie and her sister, Becky.

     1958 – Becky – Senior Picture              1959 – Billie – Senior Picture 1959 Judy Senior Picture

1959 – Judy, Becky and Billie – practicing at Judy’s house

Why they chose me to join them, I’ll never know.  But we had a really good sound together.  Becky was a grade ahead of Billie and I, and she had the sweetest soprano voice!  I was second, and Billie was alto.  What made it more interesting was that Billie also played the piano for us!  We did a lot of the old songs – Moon Over Miami, Mr. Sandman, Sugartime, Old Cape Cod, Muscrat Ramble.  While we had our own sound, we did tend to imitate The Andrew Sisters.  As Billie said, we never had sheet music – we just sang what we heard and remembered.  Oh the memories – it was such fun!

I didn’t attend the same church that Billie and Becky did, but I do remember going to their church to sing in their services some times.  I don’t remember whether or not they came to my church for the same thing.  Doesn’t matter – we just loved singing together.

I also remember singing in a “mixed” trio when we lived in Panama City, Florida.  It was part of the church choir there, and the music director, one other fellow, and myself were the trio.  That time I sang soprano, and the guys sang tenor and bass.  As I recall the song we did in the service was a Gaither song, Something Beautiful.  It was a fairly new song just then, and it was well received by the congregation.

The only time I remember not singing the second soprano part was while we were living in San Antonio, Texas.  I don’t remember exactly the event that the women’s quartet I was singing with was performing for.  But I just remember that I had terrible cold that day – nearly laryngitis!  And my voice was so low that I sang the lowest part of the songs!  And in women’s four-part harmony…that’s LOW!

I sang one time with the choir at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while we were there in Fort Worth, Texas.  I was not a student there – Fred was – but the community at large was invited to sing with the choir.  It was a wonderful experience, and we did Handel’s Messiah- but I only did it one time.  We met to rehearse in the evening, and I was so tired from working all day that I could hardly keep my eyes open!

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary rotunda – Fort Worth, Texas

~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me-Part 3

11 Apr

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

But while the piano has been a large part of my life, I found singing to be my love and joy.  I can remember singing in childrens and youth choirs most of my life.  When I came of age, I began singing in the Adult Choir in our church.

First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico Credit Google Search

1964 – Sanctuary Choir – First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico

I remember the very first solo I sang – it was in 1st grade and it was for a Christmas program in my class.  I sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”  I don’t remember singing many other solos until I reached Junior High (what today would be called Middle School).  I was in the school chorus there, and we sang for many school functions.

November 26 – Christmas parade – I’m holding the 2nd “F” – Jefferson Junior High School

In that day, Junior High was grades 7, 8, and 9, with High School being just three years, 10th, 11th, and 12th

Highland High School – Albuquerque, New Mexico

I was in the girl’s chorus all three of those years.  I had tried out for All-State Chorus in 10th grade, but had a cold that day, and didn’t make it.  However, I was in it the next two years.  

Highland High School’s All State Chorus – 1959

Since Albuquerque was the largest city in New Mexico, that’s where All-State Chorus was held.  We met in the gymnasium of the University of New Mexico.  It was a great time – all the All-State choruses from around the state gathered in Albuquerque, and we all sang together.  I loved it!

I remember one particular All-State Chorus time – probably my senior year in high school – when we began to sing, and we found ourselves off-key – and we were in the concert time, not rehearsal!  The director stopped us from singing.  I was mortified!  And I think most of the rest of the chorus was, as well!  He had the pianist play something in another key, then started us up again.  We stayed on-pitch that time, much to my surprise.  But rather than let us fumble through the piece in the wrong key, he had the presence of mind to correct it.  HE was not mortified at all!  I have since learned that, if the group is being accompanied by a drum, that even if the drum is the only sound going, we stay on-pitch.  Amazing!

The most fun of my high school singing time was that I was chosen to sing in the hand-picked group of girls singers – Dreamers.

Dreamers – 1959 – Highland High School – Albuquerque, New Mexico

We had 12 girls in the group, with four girls on each part.  Occasionally the songs we did had more than three parts, and we would split into more parts.  That’s where I learned to love singing second soprano.  I learned to sing the second soprano with the first soprano ringing in my head.  Still do that to some degree.  Dreamers sang at many functions around the city.  It was a wonderful time in my life.  I was in Dreamers my entire three years in high school.  

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me Part 2

28 Mar

Sunday Memories

Judy Wills

Still considering my piano playing,  I guess one of my favorite pieces to play was “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy.  A magnificent piece.  I really loved that music.  Unfortunately, so many of the Miss America contestants during those years played it for their talent, it sort of became “rote.”  There was another piece by Debussy, “The Sunken Cathedral” that I attempted to learn to play, but it just seemed to be out of my range of capability.  It’s quite complicated, but in the right hands, it, too is magnificent.  Mrs. Larsen played it for me one time, and I was mesmerized.

! have mentioned in a previous posting, that after we joined our church here in Orlando, that our Minister of Music gathered six of us that played the piano and we had a concert for the church.  We each played on a Clavinova (electronic pianos), which also meant they were all “tuned” together.  In my post of September 30, 2012, I mentioned this concert.  I mentioned that we practiced at the piano store, then they brought the instruments to the church and they were placed on the stage.  I stated:  We played two or three pieces all together – different parts of the song, like an orchestra.  Then we each played a duet with one of the other pianists, then a solo.  It was a great deal of fun, and we got to praise our Lord with the talent He gave each of us.

Photo credit Church Art

I never really thought I would be a piano teacher.  I mean, I played the instrument, but that is quite a bit different than teaching someone else to play it.  At different times, I have had several people ask me if I would teach their children, but I always declined.  However, when we were in Heidelberg (1980-1983), I was given the opportunity to teach.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the prospect, but the circumstances were different.

Photo credit Pixabay

You see, there was a Canadian family in our church.  They approached me about teaching their boys.  I was quite interested to learn that Canada has a “conservatory” system of teaching piano.  In other words, if you lived in one of the Eastern provinces and began taking piano lessons, but then had to move, perhaps to one of the Middle or  Western provinces, you could find a teacher and pick up right where you left off!  Neat!  And these boys had been taking lessons for a number of years, and just needed someone to keep them up-to-date while they were in Germany.  It was quite a program, and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we had together.  One of the boys was in high school, and the other boy was in middle school, therefore – different levels.  

Because of my time studying music at the Community College in Florida, I had learned a lot of theory that had just never occurred to me before.  I was able to pass all that along to those boys I was teaching.

Another time that I taught piano, was still during the time we were in Heidelberg.  We had a military doctor and his family living downstairs from us, and they had three little girls.  The oldest was about eight years old, and eager to learn.  And so they talked me into teaching her.  She had some piano lessons behind her, so that helped.  Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I was/am NOT a prodigy.  But this little girl WAS a prodigy.  I hardly had to teach her anything, and she was off and running with it.  For instance:  I have always had trouble doing transposition.  When I mentioned it to her, she said, “oh you mean like this?” and proceeded to transpose the song she was playing from one key to the next – all the way through the octave!  I’m sure my mouth was hanging open by that!  She was amazing!!

Photo credit Pixabay

To be Continued

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Music and Me-Part 1

21 Mar

SUNDAY MEMORIES

My husband, Fred, suggested that I write something about music and me.  Music has been such a part of my life, that I thought it might be a good topic to write about.

I don’t remember a whole lot of music in my life when I was very young, but I do remember that I started taking piano lessons the day I started first grade in public school.  I believe my teacher’s name was Mrs. Allen, and I went to her house to have my lesson.  I don’t remember what “books” I was given to play from.  I’m sure they were quite simple.  I know that now, most professionals won’t start teaching a new student unless the student knows how to read.  After all, the piano keys are “lettered” with A-B-C-D-E-F-G.  And then it starts over again – we call those “octaves” as the eighth key starts the alphabet over again, just either higher or lower all across the keyboard.

In that vein, I must have been reading by 1st grade.  And back in those days, kindergarten was not part of the public school system.  So my Mother and Father must have taught me to read.

1950 – Judy at the old upright piano – nine years old

1950 – Judy at the old upright piano – nine years old

1952 – Mother, Agnes, and Judy with the new piano
1956 – Judy at the piano – 15 years old

1958 – Judy at the old pump organ in Aunt Jessie’s house – 17 years old

1963 – Judy at the piano with her favorite niece, Charlene Lites

In any case, I took piano lessons from 1st grade all the way through 12th grade.  The teacher that I studied with the most, Mrs. Jordan (later Mrs. Larsen) also had me enroll in a correspondence theory course with the Sherwood School of Music.  I completed that course.  However, I was not a “prodigy” with the piano.  I could play the music, and usually with some feeling or emotion, but I didn’t have a “gift” of music.  I cannot play “by ear” as so many I know can.  I have envied that gift, but am comfortable with what I have, and God has used my talent for His Glory….and that is all I can ask.

From a previous post, I wrote:  I always remember there being a piano in the house.  Mother would sometimes sit down and play her favorite hymns from memory, with embellishments.  Occasionally we four would gather around the piano and sing along – Mom playing, Daddy on bass, brother on tenor, me on soprano. 

1952 – Mother, Dad, Bill and Judy around the piano

I have been church pianist in several churches, and even organist occasionally – much to my regret!  I am NOT an organist!  While I don’t usually have problems with my right hand coordinating with my left hand, I do have problems with both of those going along with my feet!  I have accompanied singers.  I have accompanied violinists.  I have accompanied group singers.  So I haven’t wasted my talent.

I remember one summer, possibly following my senior year in high school, Mrs. Larsen encouraged me to try a two-piano duet.  She had me play with another Judy, who was a distant friend from high school and the head cheerleader of our high school.  We had great fun playing together.  It was a rather difficult piece, but the final product was fantastic!  We played “Malagueña” from the Andalucia Suite, by Ernesto Lecuona.  It’s a magnificent piece.  I don’t remember that we actually performed it anywhere, just for ourselves, but we loved it.  I purchased the sheet music for that as well as for Andalucia itself, and learned to play it myself.  Really beautiful music.

~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Peace

14 Mar

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Credit Pixabay images

Recently, I wrote a post called “Fear.”  I kind of vented a bit in that one.  And so, today I would like to take another tack.  I said that “fear is not from God.”  And that is the truth.  God has said over and over throughout the scripture that He wants us to “be courageous and do not be afraid.”  He said it to Israel in the Old Testament.  He said it to Joshua as the children of Israel were about to go into the Promised Land.

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He says it to you and me today.

Once again, I remind you that I am a TV follower of Dr. David Jeremiah.  He is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California.  He has a TV program called Turning Point.  (www.DavidJeremiah.org)   I’ve not listened to his radio program, but I suspect it’s called Turning Point, as well.  He preaches God’s word, and we are blest every time we watch his TV program.  He also has a daily email that we receive. 

One of his recent emails was titled “The Calmness We Need.”   He told a story of a son and father.  The son later wrote:  

“The peace which our Savior gives is exclusive in its origin, for it is a peace which the world cannot give. It is exceptional in its character, for it is not what the world speaks about, fights and dies for…. No, it is something real, something restful, something refreshing.” (S. Franklin Logsdon, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1949).

 During emergencies, we find strength when the Prince of Peace is captaining our lives.

Dr. Jeremiah: 

Years ago, a pastor gave us a scripture and thought that has stayed with me for all these years.  It is found in Exodus 14:14.  The Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptian army and were afraid they would be overtaken and destroyed by the army.  Through Moses, God told the entire Israelite nation: The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.   And we all know what happened to the Egyptians, don’t we?  God actually parted the Red Sea, the Israelite nation crossed the sea ON DRY LAND.  And the waters closed over the Egyptians and they were all destroyed.

You see, God is ALWAYS there before us, and will fight for us.  We only need to stand still, put our faith and trust in Him, and let Him fight our battles for us.

That brings us the peace that God intends for us to have – in Him!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

At the end of the email message, Dr. Jeremiah placed this blurb:  

When your knees are knocking, it might help to kneel on them.

Anonymous 

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Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Our Messiah Is…

7 Mar

Sunday Memories

Judy Wills

I’ve mentioned in previous musings, that I enjoy going on facebook.  I’ve found some real gems there, whether cartoons, thoughts to ponder, or meaningful sayings.

I came across the following recently and thought it was good enough to share.  Someone actually took the time to set out just what OUR MESSIAH IS… in each book of the New Testament.  I hope this uplifts you, and reminds you of all the wonderful things our Messiah really is – as it did me. 

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Fear

28 Feb

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

For about one year now, I have felt a level of fear, not only in this country, but throughout the entire world.  Fear of a virus – a manufactured virus at that.  Fear of that virus as taken the world to its knees.

I have seen people so afraid of that virus that they have stopped living.  They are afraid to go outside their houses.  They are afraid to go to church to worship.  They are afraid to go to the store to shop.  They are afraid of running out of toilet paper!!

I heard someone say once that, some people are so afraid of dying that they are afraid of living!  And I believe it!  And some of those people are friends who I know are deeply believers in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  You know, the One who told us “fear not” over and over in scriptures.  In John 14:27, Jesus told us:  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid(Emphasis is mine)

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that I am a TV follower of Dr. David Jeremiah.  He is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California. (www.DavidJeremiah.org)   He has a TV program called Turning Point.  I’ve not listened to his radio program, but I suspect it’s called Turning Point, as well.  He preaches God’s word, and we are blest every time we watch his TV program.  His organization publishes a monthly magazine and devotional guide called Turning Points.  The March 2021 issue of that magazine is titled Putting Fear in Its Place.  I was most interested in seeing what he had to say about fear.

In his introduction to the issue, he made the statement that…”Too often we gain a fresh biblical perspective, but we never succeed in staying the course because we are derailed by fear.”  BOY! is THAT the truth!! 

In one article by Dr. Jeremiah he called Huff and Puff, and within that article, he made the statement that …”we never know when fear is going to come knocking – or pounding! – on our door.”  And with the illustration of the Three Little Pigs – only the third pig was prepared…we need to prepare ourselves for any and all tsunamis that Satan can hurl our way.

The second article by Dr. Jeremiah, is called Putting Fear In Its Place.  Please notice the calm, folded hands are on the Bible!

He stated that “To keep fear in its place, we need to know what it is, and what its place should be.”  He said we need to Define Fear…we need to Describe fear…we need to designate fear.  And the answer to all that is:   FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD!! (Emphasis is mine)

He stated that “we need to know how to address fear from God’s perspective.”  And within that article, Dr. Jeremiah stated that “There is no need to fear something that God has already worked out.”  And that’s the truth.

And again, he states that “Faith is God’s antidote for fear.”  And once again, “When fear grips us, we can’t delay the deliberate exercise of faith.”  (Emphasis is mine)

The media has set out to increase fear in our country.  We are afraid to be with and meet those we’ve had in our lives for years.  What will happen when the masks finally come off?  Will we STILL be afraid to be closer than the 6′ apart we are instructed to stay now?  Will we STILL be afraid to take off the mask for fear of germs?  We have lived through many, many infectious diseases in this country and we have NEVER gone to a lock down before.  Someone is trying to make us afraid of our shadows!!  And that “someone” is NOT God!

And so, just remember that FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD!!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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